Message from the Director
This month’s message is being written above the clouds en-route between Sydney and KL, after 3 long and busy weeks in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. After a quick visit with family I spent three fruitful days at the AIEC Conference where a combination of sessions and meetings brought new ideas, fresh energy and motivation, and most importantly, new opportunities for 2018 and beyond. One session of interest was the RMIT virtual international internships poster session, a program that provides an experience for students that is possibly more reflective of a real life cross–cultural working scenario ie working remotely in teams. The conference provided opportunity to hear from women in leadership roles supporting and mentoring other women, and to meet with the women of the Global Leadership League, a recently formed organisation based in the USA aimed at building the competency of women in the international education industry. The Plenary with Dr Helen Turnbull was a highlight for most where we were challenged to check our blindspots in relation to our worldviews. Another item of interest was the latest igraduate mobility data, which stated that third party providers were only involved in 11% of all 44,000+ mobility experiences abroad in 2016 – this despite stats that supported the anecdotal data of burnout rates of mobility staff and academics involved in short term ”faculty led programs. Mostly the conference provides occasion to meet with colleagues from locations further afield to follow up and make new plans, such as the two new study tours for 2018 in music and biotech! And of course to catch up with colleagues and old friends to get the inside institutional news.
The full agenda of meetings over the past few weeks seems set to increase and diversify internship offerings. Successful consortium bids for the ATN and IRU networks create opportunity for member universities to increase outbound numbers, in addition to other new places for legal studies and criminology, accounting, international studies, science, and law. The opportunity to discuss new methods of marketing, processes and administration, timelines, inclusions and ultimately outcomes is always welcome. The Global Education Practicum consortium met to discuss its successful bid with 150 places across 6 universities for pre-service teachers in 2018, allowing the development of new models of programs, and the inclusion of further education faculties.
While I was in Australia planning and plotting, the girls were back in KL busy preparing for the arrival of the Deakin Malaysia Team Internship program, and the Latrobe Collaborative International Paired Placements (CIPP) for pre-service teachers, who arrived last weekend. They are also kept very busy finalising internships for programs running December to February in Engineering, Accounting, Science and general business.
But of course the highlight of the month was the sensational win by my beloved Tigers! Having to remain in KL to watch it kept my celebrations to a minimum, however the Port Fairy office definitely took a few days to recover
TGS teams with Air Asia for Internships
Air Asia is seeking interns from ASEAN countries who are in their final year and preparing to enter the workforce within the region. Any disciplines will be considered in this program is aimed at talent attraction to build their workforce within ASEAN. Those interested in providing opportunities for their international students should contact Jan Drew
Intern Reflection - Gerard Alferez
My time in KL as a marketing intern was a once in a lifetime experience. My internship in the booming tech-startup scene allowed me to understand how concepts learnt at university are applied in the "real world". It was not only fun to explore the possibility of an international career (by immersing myself into full time work in a completely different setting), but to also gain valuable experience behind the triumphs and challenges that came with moving a new innovation into a new market.
Exploring Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Penang on the weekends was so much fun! Whether it was learning about Malaysia's history by walking heritage listed city streets, or exploring KL’s gigantic modern malls, experiencing Malaysian culture is something I am now missing back home in Melbourne.
Perhaps the best part of the experience was the many friendships I got to make abroad, from both my workplace and the group of other interns at The Global Student. Not only were friends integral to surviving the hardships that comes with living abroad, but they are now also people I will have in my life for many years to come. For anyone considering an internship abroad, I say just do it! Getting yourself out there not only will advance your potential job prospects, but you also get to learn about yourself as a person and a global citizen.
(Gerard completed his Internship at App creator Tele-Me (https://teleme.co/) which allows patients to contact doctors for minor ailments without having to travel for appointments. He is shown above thanks to his winning entry in our $250 Instagram promotion open to mid year students.)
Vietnamese Lunar New Year 2018!
Our friends at Volunteer Vietnam - a favourite with Deakin University are conducting a special 4 week placement for students in conjunction with the Vietnamese Lunar New Year!
Accomodation and meals are included in the program while student volunteer at 'The Greenhouse' which is a home for children with disabilities and the homeless elderly. All applications are welcomed, but students with a healthcare, aged care or disability care background will find this experience extra rewarding!!!
4 week programs are priced at $1975 and include 3 meals per day on Weekdays and all accommodation. (AIrfares and Insurance are not included)
Second Blog Post
After the success of our first Blog we have finally completed the follow up, following Jans return from Bangkok and in to the halls of Deakin International in the old H1 building.
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